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Melanie McGrice Q & A

Melanie McGrice Q & A

Other
Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your career? I have been a dietitian for around 15 years now and my passion is fertility, pregnancy and women’s health. It’s what we call ‘early life nutrition’ and I’m particularly passionate about that because I have come to learn that what a woman eats in the lead up to pregnancy, during pregnancy and then what we feed our babies during the first couple of years of life—that period of time is often called the first 1,000 days—and that has a humungous impact upon the genetics of our babies, which goes on to impact their future health. The research is currently suggesting that the next generation are actually going to have shorter lifespans than we will because of the…
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Jessica Spendlove Q & A

Jessica Spendlove Q & A

Other, Sports
Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your career? I grew up in Sydney and did a lot of sport when I was younger, particularly swimming, that was my sport of choice. There were many hours in the pool and lots of training before and after school. While I was Swimming, I actually saw a sports dietitian (Helen O’Connor), and it was at that point I thought, “This nutrition thing is pretty interesting, maybe that’s what I want to do with myself.” By the time I finished high school, I was really interested in sports nutrition and decided that’s what I wanted to do. I went to Wollongong University and did my undergraduate there, which was a Bachelor of Science in nutrition. When I finished that,…
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Just Add Water

Just Add Water

Health
Bland, boring old water. Taste like nothing, doesn’t look anything special, and doesn’t really do anything sitting in your cup. Once it’s in your body, however, there is nothing boring about it! The body is made up of about 55% water by weight and you better make sure you get enough of it. Here’s why… What does water do? Water has a myriad of functions in the body, one of the most important ones, is in the blood. A large fraction of blood is made up of water and without it, blood wouldn’t be able to do all the important things you want it to do. Such as, transport oxygen and nutrients around your body, so that you can run, jump, play, and breathe! Water is also heavily involved in…
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Simone Austin Q & A

Simone Austin Q & A

Other, Sports
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your career? I always wanted to work in sports nutrition and community nutrition. After graduation, I started working at a community health centre and then shortly after, part-time at the Western Bulldogs AFL club. So, I was doing what I wanted. And then, to cut a long story short (because it’s been 23 years), I increased my sports work when my son was born. It’s been nearly 18 years since then! The next thing I did was work with the Australian cricket team part-time for seven years. I have always done some private practice and some form of presenting throughout. For the past nine years, I have been working at Hawthorn Football Club. I’ve seen three premierships there and during…
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The Facts about Fibre

The Facts about Fibre

Health
For a lot of us, fibre is thought of as that cardboard-tasting powder your nanna sprinkles on her cereal, or wholemeal bread your dad tried to make you eat as a kid. It is well known that fibre is good for you, but it is poorly understood why. Yes, it has something to do with the bowels, and yes, it comes from whole grains, fruit and veg. Let’s try to deepen our understanding of fibre, past the basics. What is Fibre? Fibre is a carbohydrate. It consists of long strands of glucose, arranged in a way that the body’s digestive enzymes are unable to break down. Fibres’ resistance to digestion is due to how to it is organised in the grain, or, the way glucose is chemically bonded to itself.…
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The Obesity Crisis: A Blame Game

The Obesity Crisis: A Blame Game

Health
Obesity and overweight prevalence is higher than ever. With this, an alarming increase in chronic diseases has been observed. While the obesity crisis is common knowledge, what is less obvious are the underlying factors. A popular belief about obesity is that the individual is solely responsible for their disease. It’s their own fault they’re fat. This belief stems from what public health professionals are calling weight stigma/bias; the social phenomenon where overweight and obese individuals are perceived as disgusting, gluttonous and with a dire lack of self control. No one forced them to eat that McValue meal, or to choose white bread over wholemeal at the supermarket. They’ve got no one to blame but themselves, right? Well, no. Not exactly. The obesogenic environment is emerging as a new model that…
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Gemma Sampson Q & A

Gemma Sampson Q & A

Other
Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself? I’m originally from near Sydney and I spent about six years of my teenage years overseas in Zambia in Africa before moving back to Australia for year 12. I was interested in nutrition and sport, so went into dietetics at The University of Wollongong. After that I got straight into work, moved to the country for a bit, then moved back to Sydney and decided, “Alright, let’s go overseas,” because there weren’t any jobs in Australia at the time. I thought, “I’ll do a couple of locums in the UK”—seven years later, I’m still here. I’m looking at moving back to Australia in the next year or two because I’ve started missing Australia and the beach. I’m also quite passionate…
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Chicken Noodle Soup 2-Ways

Chicken Noodle Soup 2-Ways

Food
Chicken noodle soup is a classic winter warming soup that’s packed full of flavour. It is easy to make and tastes amazing with only a few easy ingredients. The best thing about a chicken noodle soup is it can be used as a base soup, just add your favourite soup ingredients to change the whole meal! Today we make chicken noodle soup 2-ways, firstly, a stock standard chicken and noodle soup and secondly, a chicken noodle and vegetable soup. What you need for a basic Chicken Noodle Soup If this is your first time making a chicken noodle soup, start with the basics, from this recipe you can add your favourite ingredients to completely change the soup to your liking! Basic Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe Serves: 4 people Preparation: Time…
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5 Nutrition Priorities for Getting Jacked

5 Nutrition Priorities for Getting Jacked

Body Composition
There are so many conflicting opinions out there for how to get jacked. A classic example is clean eating vs If It Fits your Macros (IIFYM). People from the clean eating camp debate that it is completely illogical to think that you can sit around eating junk all day and make optimal progress, while people in the IIFYM camp think that it is illogical to sit down to 5 meals a day of chicken, brown rice and broccoli, when there is no need to be that restrictive. This article is not intended to debate these points and is solely focusing on the topic of the nutrition priorities for gaining muscle at an optimal rate. 1) Calories in vs Calories Out If you are not eating enough calories you will not…
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Train Hard, Smart or Specific

Train Hard, Smart or Specific

Sports
Calling all marathon runners, long distance swimmers and other endurance athletes! For a long time, high carbohydrate consumption and blanket recommendations have been part of endurance sports nutrition practice. However, recent research has shown we need to think more carefully about the way we prescribe carbohydrates to endurance athletes. Train Hard We’ve all heard of carb loading- filling up on pasta and bread before a big race or competition. Carb loading and other standard carbohydrate recommendations are centred around providing adequate fuel for training. The purpose of carbohydrate loading, before training or competition, is to increase muscle glycogen stores, which, fuel exercise. Glycogen, however, is a fleeting source and once it runs out, we ‘hit the wall’. This is when the body is forced to switch from primarily carbohydrate fuel…
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